Accidents happen. You may sprain your ankle while walking on uneven ground or get a Foot Injury when you drop a heavy box. Work injuries are common suffering for many people across the United States. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that, in 2015, there were about 3 million nonfatal places of work accidents and ailments reported.
While many people may think that medical care benefits will automatically cover their work injury, they may be surprised to learn that this is not always true. Usually, employees who suffer a foot injury at work are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in most cases. However, some limitations exist on the medical care provided for foot injuries.
This article will discuss seven of the most common medical care limitations for foot injuries in workers’ compensation claims.
Foot Injuries at Workplace
Work-associated foot accidents have become more and more common in the United States. The Injuries to the foot account for ¼ of all work-place accidents.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, approximately 600,000 work-related foot injuries each year. That’s 1,600 a day! Around half of these are caused by accidents, while the other half are caused by long-term exposure to hazards in the workplace.
Many factors contribute to these injuries. One of the most common causes is wearing the wrong type of shoes. Other reasons include wet or icy surfaces, trips and falls, being struck via way of an object, and overexertion.
There are numerous methods that you could use to shield your feet at work. Wearing the correct shoes is essential, as is taking regular breaks to stretch your feet and ankles. It is also essential to be aware of the dangers in your workplace and take steps to avoid them.
If you suffer a foot injury at work, it is essential to seek medical attention.
Foot Injuries and Workers Compensation
Workers’ compensation is a system to provide employees with medical care and compensation for work-related injuries. In the United States, workers’ compensation is typically mandatory for companies with more than three employees.
The worker’s compensation system can be complex, and several factors can affect whether an employee is eligible for benefits. In addition, several treatments and services may be available to employees injured at work. Similarly, there might be some treatments that are inaccessible.
Several accidents could arise at work. However, a number of the most common injuries are foot accidents. Employees who foot accidents have afflicted can obtain reimbursement through workers’ compensation benefits.
There are a few things to consider if you are injured on the job and would like to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
Read here to understand how to file a Workers’ Comp Claim.
Medical Care Limits for Foot Injury in Workers’ Comp
The medical care under workers’ compensation is often more limited than typically available under typical health insurance policies. There are five medical care limits for a foot injury in workers’ compensation:
- The first limit is that you can only receive medical care for the injury for as long as the injury affects your ability to work.
- The second limit is that you can only receive medical care for the injury until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI).
- The third limit is that you can only receive medical care for the injury until you can return to your pre-injury job.
- The fourth limit is that you can only receive medical care for the injury until you reach the point of permanent disability.
- The fifth and final limit is that there is usually a limit on the amount paid for medical care.
To learn more about your rights and responsibilities in this situation, visit our website at Pistiolas Law or give us a call at (844) 414-1768 today. We can help you understand your coverage and ensure you get the care you need.